Definition of pariah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pəˈraɪə//
; NAmE NAmE//pəˈraɪə//
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a person who is not acceptable to society and is avoided by everyone synonym outcast Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Tamil paṛaiyar, plural of paṛaiyan ‘(hereditary) drummer’, from paṛai ‘a drum’.
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